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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2018: #81. Guillaume Nicloux’s Tassen (Les Confins du Monde)

Tassen (Les Confins du Monde)

The fast paced Guillaume Nicloux (who has premiered a new film project in succession from 2012 to 2016) filmed his ambitious WWII project, Tassen (Les Confins du Monde), in early 2017. Written by scribe Jerome Beaujour (who worked in Nicloux’s version of The Nun, based on a novel by Denis Diderot and initially filmed by Jacques Rivette in 1966), this is Nicloux’s third feature in a row to feature Gerard Depardieu (following Valley of Love and The End), and promises to be one of the director’s most ambitious projects as it follows the life of a military chief during the 1940 Indochina war and his affair with a Vietnamese woman.

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Release Date/Prediction: Considering the speed of his productions, we had Tassen (Les Confins du Monde) tipped to appear by late 2017 somewhere on the festival circuit (even though Nicloux has yet to premiere out of Venice). Nicloux competed in Locarno (1992’s Dirty Life), but started to receive international attention following a Jury Award for 2014’s The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq at Tribeca. He also competed in 2013 Berlin with a remake of The Nun and in 2015 Cannes with Valley of Love, both starring Isabelle Huppert. 2016’s The End premiered in Berlin’s Forum. The Confines of the World has been tipped to receive a domestic release in early January of 2018—if it were to appear in an international festival, it would have to be Berlin.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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